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What is Really Behind the Idle No More Controversy - Follow the Money

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The rising tide of indigenous protests has writers, media personalities and politicians struggling to understand.   In their failing efforts extremists on both sides use the sound bites of misinformation to further the already potential hostile stand-off.   The non-indigenous who proclaim to support the Idle-No-More movement are accused by others of "white liberal guilt".  


Almost all hostility begins when the two sides of a confrontation do not understand their adversary.   Almost all confrontation begins with ignorance. And this is what both sides of the Idle No More movement are struggling with.   They each demand the other understand, yet neither has discovered a non-confrontational manner to do just that.


The angry white person proclaims the Indians should just get over it, get a job and participate in 21st century society. They accuse those supporting the Indians of suffering from "liberal guilt".   "Why should I have to feel guilty for something that happened over a hundred years ago" said one associate.  


Most Canadians were not educated on these issues. Many believe they raised the Indian peoples out of a life of squalor.   Others proclaim the Indians were living a Stone Age existence and the white settlers improved on this. It is a curious thing when we reflect on our grade school history lessons.   We spend years teaching about world history from the Egyptian pharaohs, through the Greeks to the renaissance, but spend very little time, and very little honesty, on the last 400 years specific to our own Country.


To understand "liberal guilt" requires understanding the truth not taught in Canadian Schools.   To avoid more hostilities, to resolve this "Idle No More' movement all sides must have full and complete knowledge. Once we understand the issues we can address the concerns. If we choose to remain in ignorance we can be certain hostilities and confrontations will occur.   The following is an attempt to again provide context and understanding of the issues.   If one is going to be guilty, at least they should understand what they are feeling guilty for.


In a very short timeline summary we can address the history to the present day.   The "Coles Notes" on North America if you will. Shorter notes with more links click here: [  ]


Discoverers, Explorers, Traders, Settlers, Missionaries and Treaties

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